Although the French lottery team kick started its trajectory in the professional peloton in 1997, its debut in the Vuelta did not take place until 2005. Since then, the riders, managed by Marc Madiot, have only missed out on the 2011 edition, making this year their 14th participation in the great Spanish race, following their excellent performance in last year’s edition.
Anthony Roux started his team’s victory tally in 2009 in Talavera de la Reina. The sprinter, Yauheni Hutarovich, would take home another victory the following year in Marbella, anticipated the sprint specialist of that time, British rider Mark Cavendish, in a very tight finish. FDJ would also obtain two of the most sought-after victories by climbers in the 2013 Vuelta: Alexandre Geniez at Peyragudes and Kenny Elissonde at the fearful Angliru. Twelve months later, Nacer Bouhanni won in San Fernando and Albacete. In 2016 Alexander Geniez imposed his talent at the top of Mirador de Ézaro. In 2018, the team proved its mastery of stages with high-altitude finales, with Thibaut Pinot who won at Lagos de Covadonga and in Andorra. Naturlandia. There was also the impressive appearance of Rudy Molard, who held onto the red jersey for four stages, before losing it to an unstoppable Simon Yates.
Overall victories : 0
Stage victories : 9
2009: Anthony Roux, in Talavera de la Reina.
2010: Yauheni Hutarovic, in Marbella.
2013: Alexandre Geniez, in Peyragudes.
2013: Kenny Elissonde in the Alto del Angliru.
2014: Nacer Bouhanni in San Fernando and Albacete
2016: Alexandre Geniez at the Mirador de Ézaro.
2018: Thibaut Pinot in Lagos de Covadonga and in Andorra. Naturlandia.
Leader jerseys : 8 days
2005: Bradley McGee, 4 days.
2018: Rudy Molard, 4 days.
Victories in secondary classifications : 0
5 : uphill victories for the team
August 27th, 2005: In the team's first participation in La Vuelta, Bradley McGee wears the leader jersey during 4 stages.
August 30th, 2014: Nacer Bouhanni wins his second sprint stage in the 2014 edition, showing himself as one of the best sprinters of the year.
August 29th, 2018: 13 years and two days after Bradley McGee, Rudy Molard gets the red jersey for Groupama-FDJ. The French rider defended the GC leader jersey during four more stages.
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